Lean Library

The Office of Continuous Improvement has a library of Lean resources available for loan.  Below is the list of resources that includes books, DVDs and workshop materials.  These resources cover the basics of Lean, Lean culture building strategies, group facilitation, and specific Lean tools and concepts.

These resources are available for loan to all faculty, staff and students.  Contact us at improvement-l@mtu.edu to check out a book.  Feel free to stop by 136W Wadsworth Hall to take a look at the library in person.



Lean Library Resources Available for Loan

Click on the title to see more information.  Some link pages may have purchase information, but remember, all books are available for loan at no charge from the Office of Continuous Improvement!

Andy and Me: Crisis and Transformation on the Lean Journey

Beyond Change Management: Advanced Strategies for Today's Transformational Leaders

Business Officer Magazine - February 2013 edition with Dining Services article

Change Agents' Handbook: A Survival Guide for Quality Improvement Champions, The

Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, The

Complete Lean Enterprise: Value Stream Mapping for Administrative and Office Processes, The

Consultant's Tool Kit, The

Creating a Lean Culture

Critical Chain

Deming Dimension, The

Deming's Profound Changes: When Will the Sleeping Giant Awaken?

Dr. Deming: The American Who Taught the Japanese About Quality

Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute

Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade
   A simple explanation of Lean principles and definitions told as a story about the author’s visit to school on his daughter’s first day in first grade. The author is very enthusiastic and uses everyday examples and analogies for every point, so this is an easy read. I recommend this book to people who have no background in Lean.

Factory of One: Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance, A

Feeding the Zircon Gorilla and other team building activities

Four Days with Dr. Deming: A Strategy for Modern Methods of Management

Gemba Walks

Getting the Right Things Done: A leader's guide to planning and execution

Getting to Lean: Transformational Change Management

Group Facilitation Methods - This is a book from a workshop by The Institute of Cultural Affairs

Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean, The

How to De-Junk Your Life: Keys to Taking Control, Getting Organized and Getting It All Done

Human Side of Change, The: A Practical Guide to Organization Redesign

Ice Cream Maker, The: An Inspiring Tale About Making Quality the Key Ingredient in Everything You Do
   The author uses a story about an ice cream manufacturer's struggle to survive as a tool to talk about quality.  The plant manager of the ice cream company has been told his factory will be closed if he can't increase its profitability.  He reaches out to an old friend who is a manager at Natural Foods, to find out why they won't stock his ice cream.  The friend takes him on a quality journey involving listening, enriching, and optimizing.  This book is an excellent, short, and very readable story that helps you see how all the pieces of a quality program fit together.

Idea Generator: Quick and Easy Kaizen, The

Innovator's Toolkit, The

Integrating Kanban with MRPII

It's Our Ship: The No-Nonsense Guide to Leadership (Book on CD)

Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service, and Technical Environments, The

Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success

Leader's Handbook: A Guide to Inspiring Your People and Managing the Daily Workflow, The

Leading Change: An Action Plan From the World's Foremost Expert on Business Leadership

Leading Change, Overcoming Chaos: A Seven-Stage Process for Making Change Succeed in Your Organization

Lean Accounting Guidebook: How to Create a World-Class Accounting Department, The

Lean Enterprise Memory Jogger, The

Lean for Dummies

Lean Higher Education: Increasing Value and Performance of University Processes

Lean Human Resources: Redesigning HR Processes for a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation

Lean Office: Demystified
   Lean Office Demystified is a great book when you are looking to begin your lean journey, especially if you are working in an office setting.  The book breaks down lean so it is easy for any reader to understand.  It gives you a clear definition of what lean is and isn't and covers a wide variety of lean tools.  The book also has a great appendix with different audits, visual controls, and activities for the reader to participate in while reading through the book.  I would recommend this book for someone who is new to lean or someone who wants to brush up on their lean knowledge.

Lean Office: Demystified II

Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation

Lean Transformation
   This book is a must-read for anyone considering turning their organization into a lean enterprise.  It's a very fast-paced book split into four parts that outline the strategy behind going Lean, the six fundamentals of a lean enterprise, how to effectively spread lean throughout an enterprise, and sustaining the lean transformation.  The authors, Bruce Henderson and Jorge Larco, do a great job providing examples of past successes and failures to illustrate the many dynamics of what makes a lean transformation successful.  The book shows time and time again that anyone who is not willing to get on the lean bandwagon will get left behind.  I would recommend this to anyone who is in the process of starting up a new business or people who want to make their business more efficient but don't exactly know how.  Regardless of the reader's level of knowledge about lean, they should find this book extremely insightful.

Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company, The

Learning Organizations: Developing Cultures for Tomorrow's Workplace

Managing at the Speed of Change: How Resilient Managers Succeed and Prosper Where Others Fail

Managing Change: Practical Strategies for Competitive Advantage

Managing The Unknowable: Strategic Boundaries Between Order and Chaos in Organizations

Managing to Learn: Using the A3 management process to solve problems, gain agreement, mentor, and lead

Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking - Concepts & Tools, The

New Lean Pocket Guide XL: Tools for the Elimination of Waste!, The

Open Book Management: The Coming Business Revolution

Organize Your Office: Simple Routines for Managing Your Workspace

Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
   This book uses a fable about Fred, a curious penguin, and his concern about his colony's melting iceberg to illustrate the 8 Step Process of Successful Change by Kotter in a way that is easy to understand.  In the book, the penguins make change happen by creating a sense of urgency surrounding their melting iceberg, forming a team, developing a vision, communicating the need for change, empowering the colony, producing "wins," persisting, and creating a new culture that can accept change for the better.  It's a quick and easy read, and is recommended for anyone at any level of their organization that deals with change or managing change.  More resources for discussion and training based on the book can be found online.

Out of The Crisis

Outstanding Organization: Generate Business Results by Eliminating Chaos and Building the Foundation for Everyday Excellence, The

Power of Innovative Thinking, The

Power of Leo, The: The Revolutionary Process For Achieving Extraordinary Results 

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Secrets of Facilitation: The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Getting Results with Groups, The

Shortcuts to Creating & Maintaining Organized Files & Records

Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity

Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born.  It's Grown.  Here's How., The

Ten Steps to a Learning Organization

Theory of Constraints

Thinking About Quality: Progress, Wisdom, and the Deming Philosophy

Today's Lean Leader: A Practical Guide to Applying Lean Six Sigma and Emerging Technologies to Leadership and Supervision

Today's Lean! Learning About and Identifying Waste - Pocket Guide

Today's Lean! Using 5S to Organize and Standardize Areas and Files - Pocket Guide

Toyota Kata Building Competitive Advantage with Lean: University of Michigan Improvement-Kata & Coaching-Kata Handbook 

Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness, and Superior Results

Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production

Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer, The
   This book is a great read for those who are interested in learning more about the culture and management principles that allowed the Toyota Production System (TPS, or Lean) to evolve.  The book provides historical information on Toyota and emphasizes the leadership culture started by the Toyoda family.  The book also differentiates between the "Toyota Way" (the culture) and TPS, where the Toyota Way is the set of principles that allow TPS to flourish.  Additionally, the book includes many case studies to demonstrate the Toyota Way principles and show what TPS/Lean is and is not.

Toyota Way Fieldbook, The

Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's PDCA Management System

Who Moved My Cheese
   This book is a great read for all ages and pertains to everyone no matter how old.  It's easy enough for a younger reader to understand, but the message is relatable for all.  It gives great examples of how we must adapt to change when change is inevitable and really makes you understand how change can be a good thing.  I liked that there were examples of how one adapts well to change and how one doesn't adapt at all.  It comes across very clearly that if you aren't willing to adapt to change, the you'll get left behind.  This book would add value to someone who may be considering a life change (new job, relationship, re-location, etc.).  It would also be great for an organization who is thinking of implementing improvements or change.  It will give them an idea of how change can affect people in different ways.

Womack on Lean Management: A Live Video Seminar

Working With Difficult People


The Office of Continuous Improvement is always interested in expanding it’s Lean Library.  Please send recommendations for Lean resources to improvement-l@mtu.edu.